The NY Jets were one of the few teams linked to a possible trade for Seattle Seahawks superstar quarterback Russell Wilson earlier on Thursday. But it appears as though any optimism may be short-lived.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported later in the day that while Wilson has not officially demanded a trade, he has given the Seahawks a list of teams that he would accept a trade to. The Jets are not on said list.
Schefter insisted that the only teams Wilson, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, would accept a trade to are the New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys.
This somewhat contradicts a report from earlier in the day that insisted the Jets and Miami Dolphins were among the teams Wilson had on his list, along with the Saints and Raiders.
The report from The Athletic was correct in that Wilson’s frustrations have continued to mount, but the teams seem to be a little different.
The NY Jets likely aren’t in the market for Russell Wilson
Of course, if the Jets were one of the teams on Wilson’s list, they’d surely make some calls. While he will turn 33-years-old in November, the seven-time Pro Bowler is coming off arguably the best year of his career.
Wilson topped 40 touchdowns for the first time, completed a career-high 69 percent of his passes, and led Seattle to a 14-4 record — their best record in six years.
The asking price will be high, but the Jets are one of the few teams with the draft capital and financial flexibility needed to make it work. However, it doesn’t appear as though it’s meant to be.
Fortunately, the Jets have plenty of other options on the table when it comes to addressing the quarterback position.
Wilson isn’t the only top-five quarterback that could be available with rumors surrounding Houston Texans’ star Deshaun Watson continuing to run rampant. The Jets are expected to be major players in the Watson conversation if Houston decides to deal him.
There’s also a strong possibility that the Jets use the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to select their new quarterback. Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance all appear to be in play with that pick.
Of course, there’s also a chance that the Jets simply roll with the incumbent Sam Darnold for another season. Under a new coaching staff, the Jets might believe that Darnold could uncover his untapped potential.
The Jets have their options, but it doesn’t look like Russell Wilson will be one of them.
The speculation was fun for a few hours, though.